Community Foundation distributes millions
The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed $3,786,571 in grants in the second quarter of 2018-19 fiscal year (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2018) to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training, bringing the total distributions for the first half of the fiscal year to $6,324,623.
The distributions included $12,500 from donor-advised funds, administered by the Community Foundation, to Naples Botanical Garden to support its children’s programs, education and conservation.
Also included in the grant awards is $5,000 from the Community Foundation’s Changing Needs Fund, which is designed to be a safety net to help meet the changing needs of the community to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to support its essential water quality efforts.
“We are proud to continue to provide this substantial amount of grant distributions that enable much-needed support in our community,” said Eileen Connolly Keesler, Community Foundation president and CEO. “We are so grateful to the many caring and generous donors that made these distributions possible. This support allows us to continue to be proactive and forward thinking in how to best serve Collier County.”
Grant applications are now being accepted from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits, administered by the Community Foundation for grants of $10,000-$15,000 to start-up organizations and small, established nonprofits to help them provide program services that fill an unmet need. Organizations must be based in Collier County and provide community-based human services and/or educational services. This grant offers dollars for program staff, marketing, transportation, operational costs, or consumables directly related to the program’s impact. Special attention will be given to organizations with net assets of less than $1 million.
Grant applications are due on March 4, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Organizations must complete a profile in CFCC’s Nonprofit Directory before applying for the grant. Contact Laura Simmelink at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or visit www.cfcollier.org/nonprofits/ apply-for-grants/. ¦